Croydon youth worker Makeda Jobson honoured for dedication
A youth worker has won an award for her dedication to helping young people.
Makeda Jobson, 26, was awarded the Jack Petchey Foundation Outstanding Leader Award for working tirelessly to guide young people towards a positive future.
She has been a volunteer mentor at Croydon youth organisation Reachin’ Higher for five years and helped organise and run the summer programme since it began three years ago.
The programme, for young people aged 12 to 19, lasts four weeks and includes creative arts and day trips to encourage young people to integrate and participate.
There are also opportunities for 17 and 18-year-olds to become leaders in training and assist in running the programme.
Ms Jobson, who also works as a speech and language therapist, said of receiving the award: "I am really, really excited about it and a bit overwhelmed really.
"I love supporting young people but I didn’t ever expect to be rewarded for it. It’s really special."